Unmasking the Website Wizard: How to Find a Great Web Designer for Your Business

by Cory Ballentine

February 19, 2024

Your website is your digital storefront, and in today’s online world, first impressions matter. But if your current website looks like it belongs in a 90s time capsule, it’s time to call in the professionals. But with so many web designers out there, how do you find the one who’s truly a perfect fit for your business? Fear not, intrepid entrepreneur! This guide will equip you with the tools to unearth the website wizard of your dreams. Know Thyself: Before … read more »

Content Catastrophe: Signs Your Website’s Content Strategy Needs Rescue

by Cory Ballentine

February 15, 2024

Content is king, they say. But even a king can stumble, and in the digital realm, a poorly executed content strategy can spell disaster for your website. From crickets in the comment section to plummeting SEO rankings, the signs are often clear – but are you seeing them? Let’s explore some red flags that your content strategy needs a serious overhaul. 1. The Ghost Town Effect: Tumbleweeds blowing across your comment sections and zero social media engagement? Ouch. This silence … read more »

WordPress Updates and Security

by Cory Ballentine

April 6, 2023

Maintaining and securing your WordPress website is essential to ensure peace of mind and protect it from potential security threats. In this article, we’ll discuss some best practices for peace of mind maintenance and security updates for your WordPress website. With Clean Web Colorado’s ‘Peace of Mind’ Update & Maintenance Plan, you can leave the worry to us.   Get your ‘Peace of Mind’ Update & Maintenance Plan   Keep your WordPress core and plugins updated One of the easiest … read more »

Why is a modern website important for small businesses?

by Cory Ballentine

February 7, 2023

A modern website is an essential tool for small businesses in today’s digital age. In this article, we will discuss some of the key reasons why a modern website is important for small businesses. Increased Visibility: A modern website provides small businesses with an online presence that can be accessed by a global audience. This can help to increase visibility and attract more customers to the business. Cost-effective marketing: A website can be a cost-effective way for small businesses to … read more »

Why is WordPress CMS a great web design tool for my business website?

by Cory Ballentine

January 31, 2023

Content management systems (CMS) like WordPress make it easy for businesses to update and manage their own website without needing to understand how to code. Using a CMS like WordPress helps you save time and money and is a very cost-effective and easy-to-use website solution. WordPress is a great tool for building a business website for several reasons: Easy to use: WordPress has a user-friendly interface and is easy to navigate, making it accessible for people with little to no … read more »

How much does a new website cost?

by Cory Ballentine

January 24, 2023

Web design costs can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the website, the level of customization required, and the experience and qualifications of the designer or development team. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the costs associated with creating a website and some of the factors that can affect the final price. The cost of a basic website: A basic website typically includes a home page, an about page, … read more »

Why switch your website hosting to Clean Web Colorado?

by Cory Ballentine

June 26, 2017

1. So is this what you primarily do, host websites? * We host most of our clients’ websites and very much enjoy working with our host partners, Liquid Web. All clients have their full, excellent support available when needed. 2. What does it cost? * Contact us to talk about the best and most affordable hosting plan to perfectly suit your needs. 3. How long have you been doing it? * We have provided and managed our own hosting services … read more »

Top Three Ways to Ensure You Get Value Out of Your Website Project

by Cory Ballentine

April 25, 2017

As a company looking to get a new website developed, you may be wondering how to ensure you squeeze as much value out of the project as possible. Even if you already have a site and are just rebuilding it to make it better, there are things to consider with your new site. And if you are a new company just building a site, you want to make sure your investment is well-made. We work with companies both big and … read more »

Is your website mobile friendly?

by Cory Ballentine

October 17, 2016

Did you know that 65% of all digital media time is now spent on mobile devices and smart phones? If your website is not already optimized, it would greatly benefit from a mobile ‘touch up’ so you don’t lose visitors or turn away potential traffic or sales. We develop all new sites with responsive design in mind, right from the beginning, however, older sites that were built before mobile design was so important (or even existed!) should be updated. Clean Web Colorado … read more »

Google Calendar invites using alternate email addresses

by Cory Ballentine

March 17, 2016

Today I had a wonderful client of mine ask if it was possible to receive Google Calendar invitations that were sent to her other email account, such as a forwarder or other email provider. UPDATE * 1.24.23 There are a few ways to share Google Calendar invites using alternate email addresses: Add the alternate email address as a guest: When creating a new event, click on the “Add guests” field and enter the alternate email address. The invite will be … read more »

Google search algorithms now rank mobile-friendliness

by Cory Ballentine

April 21, 2015

Today, Google has activated their mobile-friendly update for their search algorithms. Now, searches executed on smartphones will be affected by a web page’s mobile-friendliness score which could downgrade many popular websites who haven’t taken the time to address the rapidly growing trend. Apparently, searches from tablets will not be impacted by this change. If not before, now is the time to make sure your website is mobile friendly, has good responsive design, and works great across all mobile devices. Contact … read more »

Writing content for your small business website

by Cory Ballentine

December 24, 2013

We have built or worked on hundreds of small business websites over the years and often we find clients struggling to write and collect content for their website pages. Here are some helpful tips to getting started… Be Concise. People tend to scan rather than read every word so don’t waste space with rambling commentary. If eyes gloss over when reading to a friend you’ve overdone it. Be Relevant. Write specifics about your business, industry and market. You know your … read more »

Reach your customers more easily

by Cory Ballentine

July 5, 2013

Want to save time and reach out to more customers? Now you can post to your blog and have it automatically emailed to your customers with reminders and announcements! MailChimp is a great, free service to manage email lists, send campaigns, and track feedback. Simply create a new blog post, select the MailChimp category and the post will automatically (via the magic of RSS) be added to an email template in your MailChimp account. The blasts will then reach out … read more »

Be careful with website builder tools

by Cory Ballentine

Be careful using online tools from companies like WebStarts, GoDaddy, etc. I was hired to build a new website for a client’s two businesses. Her previous sites were hosted and built with WebStarts. They were quite rudimentary in design and capabilities. Many ‘drag and drop’ type editors have severe limitations. This is inherent in their design because complex coding is largely unavailable from WYSIWYG (‘what you see is what you get’) editors. So we built a new website utilizing WordPress … read more »